So, two college girls posted a photo of themselves using an “exfoliating skin product.” You know, like college girls do. Both things, the selfies and the skin products. The world waits with baited breath for girls to post inane selfies. Here’s the sugar rub scrub though: the exfoliating skin product? It was a blackish brown color. So of course, they were racist.
“Last night a disturbing racist post that was made to social media was brought to my attention,” University of Wisconsin- Whitewater chancellor Beverly Kopper wrote in a post on the school’s website. “This post was hurtful and destructive to our campus community. While social media can certainly bring about positive change, it can also be a place that deeply hurts and harms others.”
Kopper had apparently interpreted the post as students putting on “blackface” before confirming what really happened: The students were taking a picture of themselves cleansing their skin with exfoliating facial masks.
Yes, taking pictures of yourself exfoliating your face is stupid. But hey, it’s a free country. Or at least it was. If you want to broadcast to the world that you exfoliate, in an effort to inspire others to exfoliate, more power to you. It’s still stupid, though.
But that doesn’t excuse this chancellor jumping the gun and assuming RACISM first. It does prove how far off the cliff we’ve jumped sans parachute. Who needs to think about things when you can just tap the ALL CAPS key, both figuratively and metaphorically, to show the world just how much YOU CARE about feelings of people who aren’t even offended?
You’d have to figure the chancellor would apologize to the girls, their families, and the school community for the overreaction and smearing these poor girls as racist, right?
It was still their fault. The girls should have thought about the “implications their photo should have” and assume that idiots would think they were in blackface, even though they weren’t in blackface. The onus of offending someone has landed on the offender. It’s lowest common denominator from here on out. Remember that the next time you Instagram a photo of your watermelon or fried chicken. Or the next time you Instagram a photo of your fried rice. Or of your non-fat body (BODY SHAMING!) in a bikini.
This is higher education folks. Where giving each other facials is racist. Cafeteria food is racist. Innocent words are racist… You’re a racist just for suggesting all of the above isn’t racist. How dare you.